Etihad Stadium side make Gunners interesting offer.
Manchester City are prepared to include Edin Dzeko in their bid for Arsenal contract rebel Robin van Persie.
They they are ready to make a £15m initial offer, though last season’s 37-goal ace is still likely to be an Arsenal player when the two teams meet in a Beijing friendly on July 27.
City, who do not want to pay more than £20m, are also willing to offer striker Edin Dzeko in a player-plus-cash deal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has always been a big Dzeko fan but would recoil at his £130,000-a-week pay demands.
City are also hoping either AC Milan or Bayern Munich will make a move.
Edin Dzeko may have every reason to wonder why Roberto Mancini doesn’t rate him as a regular first team starter and the Italian in return has ever reason to suggest to the 26 year old Bosnian that the likes of Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez could all be considered preferable options to the Man City boss.
That said Dzeko, after an average first six months at the club, did get into gear last term and scored goals at will, 14 in 16 Premier League starts plus a large number of appearances from the bench. There are those who suggested that the powerfully built lanky forward was not so good at registering against clubs from the top half of the table however the former Wolfsburg man did manage four against Tottenham, a brace against Man United.
Perhaps the inclusion of Dzeko into any offer for Robin Van Persie will entice Arsene Wenger into once again selling to Man City. The Gunners boss was strongly linked with a move for the 6ft 4in forward when he was impressing many in the Bundesliga.
Arsenal may well feel that any chance of keeping Van Persie ended when the North London club’s skipper publicly declared he wouldn’t sign a new contract and now the Emirates Stadium side must decide if they should stick by their guns and get one more season out of the Dutchman or be more financially prudent and sell the goal machine to the highest bidder.
Wenger has brought in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud but may well look to sell a host of average to poor attacking options including Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young, therefore leaving more than enough room for another proven marksman.